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Behaviour and convergence of Wasserstein metric in the framework of stable distributions


  • Vadym Omelchenko



In this paper, we aim to explore the speed of convergence of the Wasserstein distance between stable cumulative distribution functions and their empirical counterparts. The theoretical results are compared with the results provided by simulations. The need to use simulations is explained by the fact that all the theoretical results which relate to the speed of convergence of the Wasserstein Metric in the set-up of stable distributions are asymptotic; therefore, the question of when that theory starts to be valid remains open. The asymptotic results are true only for relatively large numbers of observations exceeding hundreds of thousands. In cases dealing with lower numbers of observations, the speed of convergence turns out to be much slower than we might expect.

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  • Vadym Omelchenko, 2012. "Behaviour and convergence of Wasserstein metric in the framework of stable distributions," Bulletin of the Czech Econometric Society, The Czech Econometric Society, vol. 19(30).
  • Handle: RePEc:czx:journl:v:19:y:2012:i:30:id:205

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    1. Vlasta Kaňková, 2016. "A remark on multiobjective stochastic optimization via strongly convex functions," Central European Journal of Operations Research, Springer;Slovak Society for Operations Research;Hungarian Operational Research Society;Czech Society for Operations Research;Österr. Gesellschaft für Operations Research (ÖGOR);Slovenian Society Informatika - Section for Operational Research;Croatian Operational Research Society, vol. 24(2), pages 309-333, June.


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